Sunday, 17 May 2015

Hexham Road Estate: The Big Clean Up

YESTERDAY (Saturday) saw the first of Reading Council's "Big Clean Up" events on Hexham Road estate. 

As well as picking the general mixture of rubbish scattered around - discarded bottles, cans and the like - pavements and gutters where cleared of weeds and pavements given a deep clean.

Council staff along with some community-spirited local residents and local councillors all joined in.

Lead councillor for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Liz Terry said "Last year we launched the "Love Clean Reading" project where council staff from different departments all acted as one team. This year we want to reinforce the message that keeping our streets and neighbourhoods clean is everyone's responisibility."

Cllr Tony Jones (right) with the Big Clean Up team on Hexham Road

Redlands councillor Tony Jones said "Most people want to walk out of their front door and see a clean environment

It's always a shame that a few people seem to not care about the mess they make, so these type of events can also serve as a reminder to the wider community that dropping litter for others to pick up is not only selfish but also costs council tax payers money to clear up." 

The council has similar events planned on other areas through the summer.

( Pictures courtesy of Matt Dady )

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Spanish Civil War Memorial

I was so proud to have been invited to participate in the rededication ceremony for those from Reading who had fought facism in the Spanish Civil War Memorial in Fotbury Gardens earlier today.
The sculpture has been moved from it's original location outside the old Civic Offices where it had stood since 1990.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Condolences to Dusseldorf After Air Crash Tragedy

Reading - Dusseldorf Twinning Landmark
In the wake of Tuesday’s tragic air crash in the French Alps, which is believed to have claimed the lives of all on board, as Mayor of Reading, I have today sent a letter of condolence to my opposite number in Düsseldorf - one of Reading's twin towns.
In the letter to the Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Oberburgermeister Thomas Geisel, I have said “On behalf of the people of Reading I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Düsseldorf and Germany for the tragic loss of life as a result of the crash of flight 4U 9525.
“Our thoughts will be with you throughout this tragedy. We hope that the kind words which are undoubtedly being extended to you will be of some comfort at this sad time.”
I also led a minute’s silence at last night’s full council meeting on Tuesday, March 24.
The Germanwings aircraft was en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps.
Officials believe 67 of the 150 passengers and crew on the plane were German citizens, including 16 pupils of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium school in Haltern-am-See, in north-west Germany, who were returning from an exchange trip.